IBM has announced that its SoftLayer cloud division has opened a second data centre in the Netherlands to meet the growing demand from European companies for cloud services hosted in the EU.
The data centre will be located in Almere, near the capital of Amsterdam, and IBM said that it will be connected by a secure private network to other SoftLayer data centres around the world in locations such as London, Paris, Asia and Australia.
Cloud is one of the few growth areas for IBM at present. The company's latest financials show that, despite falling revenues across the business, cloud sales are soaring.
First-quarter results for 2015 showed cloud revenues up 75 percent on the same period last year to $3.8bn, compared with $2.3bn Q1 2014.
Furthermore, research from IDC earlier this week showed that the cloud market is expected to reach $32bn in 2015, up 28 percent on 2014's figures. Public cloud will account for $21bn of this market and private cloud $12bn.
James Comfort, IBM general manager of cloud services, said that bringing another data centre to the European region will continue the firm's growth in this area of the market.
“This new facility demonstrates the demand and the success IBM Cloud is having at delivering high-value services right to the doorstep of our clients,” he said.
“We’re reaching customers in a way that takes all the guess work out of moving to the cloud. They can build and scale applications, run the toughest big data workloads, have the level of security they need, all in-country and connected to a truly global platform.”
IBM has opened 14 data centres since acquiring SoftLayer in the summer of 2013, and Big Blue touted the fact that each new opening creates jobs in the local economies by generating a demand for technical and commercial staff.
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